Category Archives: Celebrations

Beach Party at Home

Beach Party InviteWhile cruising the aisles of a home decor store for my artist date, the fun beach themed dishes inspired me to host a beach party for my good friend’s birthday. By mid-June, Arizona’s not a place for outdoor parties so I brought the decorations inside.

No party is complete without invitations. I stamped these cute postcard style beauties.

I took my budding ideas where all good party planners go – Pinterest. Time and money helped restrain me from going absolutely crazy and transforming my entire house to a beach look. Time and money also kept me from doing some great, reasonable ideas too. But I’m happy with what I was able to accomplish.

First up, I got crafty and made this cool welcome sign for my front door. The how-to will have to wait for an upcoming blog post.Beach Party Welcome

Next up was a creative excursion to Hobby Lobby where I found the perfect (and affordable) plates with a bonus sign to add to my travel themed front room.Beach Party Plates

Then I went crazy with free printables I also found on Pinterest. I lined a couple of empty walls, one in the entry way and the other in the kitchen. I also added another grouping in the family room.Beach Party Collage

Finally, I pulled it all together with couple of fishing nets and a few lanterns.Beach Party

We kept the menu simple with BBQ burgers and hot dogs, potato salad, grilled pineapple, chips and these cute cupcakes.Beach Party Cupcakes

We had fun and the birthday girl enjoyed her special day. The decorations were so fun, I decided to leave them up all summer long. I could think of worse things to look at for the rest of the summer. I’d love to hear about your summer celebrations!

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May 2016 in the Books

May 2016 is in the books and it was a crazy month full of tests! My last CPCU test, and the kids had AP tests and finals. Here’s to remembering how to relax this summer.May Trunk Makeover

-.2 – Pounds  in May

2 – Blog posts, including my first attempt at a makeover of a piece of furniture

1 – Book read, but it was a for fun book – The Secret Lives of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

May gifts3 – Pieces of new luggage and succulents, thanks to my thoughtful kiddos

7 – Social events, there were some serious celebrating this month

9 – Friends at a celebration dinner at Abuelos

15 – Projects completed, including a couple of steps to some new blog projects in the works

24 – Workouts this month

32 – Photos on Instagram in MayMay Minion

582 – Just Wanna Be Me page views

117,397 – Pinterest impressions

Now that May is the books, it’s on to June with all of it’s adventures and challenges. I’m plugging along on my goals for 2016, how about you?

Top Posts of May 2016

  1. Book Theme Party
  2. Humilty Family Home Evening
  3. Spiritual Thoughts Family Home Evening
  4. Pizza Nachos
  5. Summer Goals
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April 2016 in the Books

CPCU

April CPCU

Another month down, and April 2016 is in the books. I’m approaching my last big test to complete my CPCU, an insurance designation, and I’m pretty overwhelmed. After my test, I’ll catch up on all those things that are building up while I’ve been studying.

-.2 – Pounds lost in April. My first weight loss this year.

2 – Blog posts, including my heartfelt Leaving Motherhood post.

3 – Books read. including my last CPCU book!

12 – Social events, I was sure a social butterfly last month! There was a couple of girl’s nights out and a couple more where we let boys come too, there was family dinners and even a birthday for a cute little boy.

April Party14 – Projects completed, including finishing my taxes and I helped my daughter with her’s too. I’m so glad tax season is over.

23 – Workouts this month, one of my goals I’m doing well on.

38 – Photos on Instagram in April.

1301 – Words added to my new project. I’m not doing good at finishing a project, but right now I need to work on whatever story is in my heart.

1044 – Just Wanna Be Me page views, more than twice as many as last month!

64,650 Pinterest views.

Last month was crazy. Crazy busy. There were some good days, and some really bad days. But life keeps rolling along. Every day is a new opportunity to learn, grow and move forward. Here’s to another month to discover and explore.

Top Posts of April 2016

  1. Book Theme Party
  2. Humilty Family Home Evening
  3. Leaving Motherhood
  4. Summer Goals
  5. Raingutter Regatta
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March 2016 in the Books

With the end of March, 2016 is a quarter of the way through. I had to pull out my 2016 goals and check my progress. I’m well on my way to 7 of my goals, 2 are a little questionable and 1 I missed but I’m hoping to compensate in another way.

0 – Look Mom, no cavities! I’m not sure she cares as much now that she’s not paying for my dental expenses, but it’s still nice to hear every six months.

March 2016 craft1 – Pound gained in March. I’m really tired of this gaining thing, but I’m glad I slowed down from the last couple of months. I started making myself do 10 seconds of plank for every .1 pound I gained everyday. Assuming that strategy helped me not gain as much weight, I’m upping the anti this month. There are signs of hope so far in April.

1 – Blog post. This is the 2016 goal I missed, at least 2 posts per month. But I’ve posted 8 times so far this year (not counting this one), so that averages to more than 2 posts a month. I need to take it where I can get it.

2 – Books read, including The Good Wife Strikes Back by Elizabeth Buchan.

3 – God’s eyes, we had a throwback to my childhood craft day.

4 – Hours of fun at Main Event, I was brave and tried the ropes coarse! Which was so terrifying one little girl was clinging to the ropes crying, while her family stood on solid ground 20 feet below pressuring her to cross these wobbly ropes. After my son and I coaxed her across through her tears, I had to do it too.

March 2016 Candy8 – Social events, two of the events didn’t completely revolve around food. Of the ones that did revolve around food, one was at an old favorite and another was a new to me.

9 – Projects completed, including everyone’s favorite – taxes.

12 – Different kinds of candy brought by the Easter Bunny.

25 – Workouts this month, one of my goals I’m doing well on.

31 – Photos on Instagram

311 – Words added to my book.

446 – Just Wanna Be Me page views, mostly from Russia.

45310 – Pinterest views.

Top Posts of March 2016

  1. Book Theme Party
  2. Sense of Self
  3. Beatitudes Family Home Evening
  4. Native American Blue and Gold
  5. Palm Sunday Family Home Evening
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